# Read This First!

**How to succeed in this class**

You are allowed to redo the homework problems as many times as you want, so you should REDO the homework problems until you get a perfect grade. The only reason you don't get a perfect grade is either because you stopped trying or ran out of time. You can avoid running out of time if you start the homework as soon as the material is covered in class. Starting the homework immediately also means you won't miss an assignment because of sickness, a family emergency, or a planned vacation.

Remember: A 90% isn't good enough. It's not enough for an airline pilot to fly to the right airport 90% of the time. It's not enough for a dentist to pull the right tooth 90% of the time. It's not enough for you to show up on time for your job 90% of the time. For a demonstration of how bad a 90% actually is, watch this video:

Students who redo the homework until they get a perfect grade do significantly better than those who don't.

**Grading**

Your grade consists of the following components:

- 10% of the grade is based on the homework problems completed through MyOpenMath,
- 10% of the grade is based on the quizzes completed through MyOpenMath,
- 15% of the grade is based on Exam 1,
- 15% of the grade is based on Exam 2,
- 15% of the grade is based on Exam 3,
- 30% of the grade is based on the Final Exam.

5% of your grade will be assigned by your instructor for attendance and class participation.

The dates for the homework, quizzes, and term exams can be found by accessing the CALENDAR for this course.

**Late Policy**

Homework MUST be completed on time. The due dates are on the calendar and on the link to the homework. Note that you will receive credit for any and all homework completed before the due date, and you can generally retry homework problems until you get them correct.

Quizzes MUST be completed on time. The due dates are on the calendar and the link to the quizzes. You have three opportunities to take each quiz: only the highest score will count towards your grade.

There are NO EXTENSIONS.

**Calculator Policy**

For the term exams and the final exams, you are allowed to use SCIENTIFIC CALCULATORS.

No other electronic computing device is permitted on the exams or the final. In particular:

- Graphing calculators are NOT PERMITTED.
- Watch calculators are NOT PERMITTED.
- Cell phone calculators are NOT PERMITTED.
- Netbooks and tablets are NOT PERMITTED.
- Any electronic device that is not a scientific calculator is NOT PERMITTED.

Using a disallowed device will be considered academic misconduct. Potential repercussions include receiving a ZERO for the exam.

If you use a scientific calculator, you take full responsibility for its use. Instructors will not explain how to use your calculator or fix any issues relating to your calculator.

If you intend to use a scientific calculator, be sure you can use the calculator to find the following:

- Use your calculator to evaluate `50/(4 + 2 \times 3)` . (You should get 5)
- Use your calculator to evaluate `3^4`. (You should get 81)
- Use your calculator to find `root(3)(125)` . (You should get 5)
- Use your calculator to find `-3 times 15` . (You should get `-45` ).
- Use your calculator to find `8 + (-7)` . (You should get `1` ).
- Use your calculator to find `1000 \times 5000 \times 8000 \times 25` . (You should get `1,000,000,000,000` . Be sure you understand how to read the result!)
- Use your calculator to find `0.0000004 /50000` . (You should get `0.000000000008` . Be sure you understand how to read the result!)
- Use your calculator to find `35 div 0` . (This should be undefined. Be sure you understand how to read the result!)

How to register for this course, and some basic site navigation.

Homework and quizzes are an important component of success in mathematics.

An overview of how to enter mathematical notation in MyOpenMath

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